NDLEA Destroys 304,436kg, 40,042 Litres of Illicit Drugs Seized in Lagos, Ogun

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Tuesday destroyed a total of 304,436kg kilograms and 40,042 litres of illicit substances seized from Lagos and Ogun States respectively.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Director, Media and Advocacy of NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi on Tuesday.

According to the statement, the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa while speaking at a ceremony where the seized drugs were destroyed in Badagry, Lagos disclosed that the open destruction of the seized Illicit drugs followed court orders.

Gen. Marwa called for more public support for ongoing efforts by NDLEA and other stakeholders to curb the menace of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

His words: “Though a routine exercise and an established process of removing dangerous substances from our society, the public destruction of confiscated illicit drugs is usually conducted at the end of their related cases in court.”

The NDLEA boss revealed that the exhibits destroyed were of mixed types which include illicit drugs in solid and liquid states as well as in various classes such as cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and tramadol, among others.

He noted that the drugs were seized by NDLEA operatives across different formations of the Agency in Lagos and Ogun States from January 2022 till date especially at the Lagos seaports, airports, and land borders.

“To be destroyed here today on the order of the court are solid drugs, weighing 304,436.055kg and 40, 042. 621 litres of liquid drugs. The sheer volume of the drug haul speaks volumes about the extent of the nefarious activities of the drug underworld.”

Gen. Marwa expressed gratitude to the traditional rulers, heads of security agencies, the clergy, members of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other stakeholders present at the ceremony.

He added: “The destruction of these seizures complies with the NDLEA Act, which mandates the Agency to destroy all drug exhibits after prosecution. We want to say that your presence here is a testament to this important occasion. To this end, we appreciate all stakeholders and members of the public for witnessing this exercise.”

He also acknowledged the support of the Agency’s local and international partners, “especially the American Drug Enforcement Administration (US-DEA); United Kingdom NCA, Border Force; the Germans, the French; Indian NCB, among others who had worked with us on a number of busts. Similarly, we appreciate the Nigerian military and other law enforcement agencies such as the Customs; Immigration; Police; Civil Defence; FRSC; NFIU, NAFDAC and others that have been supporting our efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit drugs.”

He vowed that the NDLEA will not relent in its efforts to end the drug scourge in the country – and reiterated the need for more public support for the activities of the Agency.

“The safety of our society is the responsibility of every one of us. Every citizen shall be fulfilling his or her civic duty by assisting the Agency’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) campaign to clean up our communities and cities. Together, we can make this country secure,” he stated.

Speaking at the ceremony, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was represented by Chairman, Badagry West Local Government, Mr. Olusegun Onilude expressed satisfaction with the efforts of NDLEA to tackle the scourge of illicit drugs in the country.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said: “Almost all crimes and criminalities are fueled by illicit drugs, so the Lagos State Government appreciates NDLEA and its leadership in their resolute fight against illicit drugs. The volume of illicit drugs being destroyed here today speak volume and every right-thinking person should be worried.”

He equally thanked the Agency for taking the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) social advocacy campaign to schools and communities across Lagos State stressing that “no doubt, NDLEA is working, and the state will continue to collaborate with the Agency and its leadership.”

Hope Ejairu

Hope Ejairu is a writer, sports analyst and journalist, with publications on print and digital media. He holds certifications in various media/journalism trainings, including AFP.

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